this country and also about the vivid personalities involved over the last 40 years, all the way to the end of the story, at least it's the end so far. the book is full of information but in addition, if you read my invitation to this event you know that i think it represents an underlying tragic drama. in fact, a shakespearean tragedy in five acts. rise, power, hubris, fall, and utter humiliation. [laughter] on power, many people in washington not so long ago and in the mortgage business everywhere in the country were truly afraid of fannie mae and the retribution it meted out to people who dare to cross it.